Student in Focus: Emmanuel

By Emmanuel Jean and Berlyne.

Haiti Scholarships Emmanuel 2016

Hello ,

My name is JEAN Emmanuel. I am nineteen years old. I have a very complicated life and story. I was born in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince on the 14th of February 1994. I lived in Port-au-Prince for ten years. I have three brothers and one sister. My mother’s name is Alfred Cervina, she is from Cap-Haitien and living in Leogane. My father’s name was Dubisson Jean, he was from Cap – Haitien too, but we were all living in Cite Soleil. My father was very tall and he was a scrap – iron merchant.

One day, my dad and I went to buy paints for his business. I was about to turn nine years old and Mr Jean Bertrand Aristide was President of Haiti. And my Dad was killed by a group of bandits with ballets in the street. And I was kidnapped for one month. I saw other children in the car. My mother thought that I was killed too with my dad.

They did not kill the children. I was lost when released because I did not know how to get back home. And the kids and I were walking in the streets without knowing where we were going.

One day, I was lucky to be found by my mother’s sister in the street in P-au-P. And she took me with her. She was living in P-au-Prince and telling me that many houses in Cite Soleil were burnt , including mine. And my mom left the Capital to come live in Leogane. And my mom was very happy when my aunt told her about me. I stayed in the Capital for years with my aunt.

I was twelve years old when I came to live in Leogane with my mother. That was a very difficult time for my family. We had to rebuild a small house.

My first Secondary school was College Wesner Ovide. And I am now in Chretien Emmanuel de Leogane in Second. Two more years to finish my secondary studies. After school, I would like to learn Network technics and audio visual.

January 10th, 2010. An earthquake happened in Haiti. Everyone was home, everyone ran outside, I only hit my foot and we were safe. And our second house was destroyed again.

I was doing volunteer work with All Hands Volunteers. And of the volunteers was Alexandra Armstrong. I can not never forget the day that Alexandra was meeting with me and Tony to discuss about a scholarship project for students in Haiti. And she has been helping us with school ever since. I am still in school in 2016 because Haitischolarships exists and has been doing an incredible work for this country. Christa Pettis, Jim Mahar and Jessica, I will never forget how you contributed to my story. And they could never be able to continue with this project without the Donors. I love you so much HAITI SCHOLARSHIPS AND DONORS!

Everyday, my mother prays for Haiti Scholarships’ members, asking to protect you and bless you. In the future, I hope that I will find the opportunity, possibility and capacity to give back to you so you can help many students in Haiti.

Thanks for reading my story.

 

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